Google to tackle YouTube copyright violations

— 10:41 AM on October 27, 2006

In response to concerns voiced by the British government, Google has said it will take a tough stance on copyright infringement once it completes its acquisition of YouTube. Google's European VP Nikesh Arora said Google will "not tolerate copyright violations," and that the company believes copyright is "very important as part of the creative process." Arora went on to say, "It's evident from our policy as part of Google Video, Google News or Google Books, and any acquisition in the future is not going to change Google's view on copyright."

Google Senior Policy Counsel Andrew McLaughlin added that if content on Google's own video service violates copyrights, "we take it down." YouTube, on the other hand, is often criticized for not sufficiently enforcing its policy and allowing its service to teem with unlicensed copyrighted material.

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